Glory ready for A-League breakthrough

Oct 1, 2017 - 11:00 PM Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has declared this A-League season is one for delivery for the Western Australian club, so long a bridesmaid but never the bride.

Glory haven't been near a trophy since the National Soccer League era, when they claimed three premierships in a dominant spell at the turn of the century.

The closest they've come since was the 2012 A-League grand final, won by Ange Postecoglou's Brisbane Roar side with a last-minute Besart Berisha penalty.

Under Lowe, they're again knocking on the door

Perth made the first two FFA Cup finals and were one match away from returning to the grand final last season.

"We've got to win something," he told AAP.

And as the 55-year-old points out, in the three full seasons under his watch, Glory have been up there.

"We were three points off the first year, six points off the second year and one game from the grand final last year with two FFA Cup finals too," he said.

"Over three seasons we sit third on the overall table.

"Only Sydney and Victory have more points than Glory in three seasons. We're a consistent team so now we need to win something."

Lowe's comments don't tell the full story; in his first season, Perth's points haul was artificially enhanced by a salary cap breach that led to their exclusion from the finals.

But the fact remains Glory are well overdue for success. Only they and Wellington Phoenix are yet to win silverware in the A-League era.

Glory said they would make their assault on a maiden title in a similar style.

"It'll be the same old, same old. We're going to score a shedload of goals and if we can not concede many we'll have a decent year," he said.

Perth have added Spanish duo Andreu and Xavi Torres, creative midfielder Mitch Nichols, ex-Liverpool youth player Jake Brimmer and defensive pair Scott Neville and Jacob Poscoliero in a busy off-season.

Those to leave the club include Rhys Williams, Josh Risdon, Rostyn Griffiths, Richard Garcia, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Kosta Petratos and Dino Djulbic.

It has produced a slimmed down 20-man squad that Lowe says should have Glory ready for success.

"If you think of the people we've added, they're all top notch and we've got people back," he said.

"Rizzo (Risdon) is the only starting eleven player we lost."

READY FOR GLORY? COMBINED A-LEAGUE POINTS HAULS FROM THE PAST THREE SEASONS

1. Sydney FC 66 + 34 + 50 = 150

2. Melbourne Victory49 + 41 + 53 = 143

3. Perth Glory 39 + 43 + 50* = 132

4. Brisbane Roar42 + 48 + 34 = 124

5. Adelaide United 23 + 49 + 46 = 118

6. Melbourne City 39 + 44 + 35 = 118

7. Western Sydney Wanderers 36 + 48 + 18 = 102

8. Wellington Phoenix30 + 25 + 46 = 101

9. Newcastle Jets 22 + 30 + 17 = 69

10. Central Coast Mariners 23 + 13 + 23 = 59

*Excluded from finals and given compulsory seventh-place finish for salary cap breach.

Source: AAP






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